Day Hiking To Nagarjuna 

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PRICE PER PERSON

  • 1 PAX US$100
  • 2 PAX US$60
  • 3 PAX US$50
  • 4 PAX US$40
  • 5-10 PAX US$35
  • 11-20 PAX US$25
Price Per Person US$ 25 All included Services

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree vistas of the Himalayas and the Kathmandu Valley from Nagarjuna Viewpoint.
  • Trek through dense forests filled with pine, rhododendron, and oak trees, spotting diverse wildlife like deer and various bird species.
  • Visit Jamacho Gompa and explore the historical significance of Nagarjuna Hill, associated with the philosopher Nagarjuna.
  • Experience traditional Nepali lifestyle and learn about local cultural practices in the outskirts of Kathmandu.
  • Trek through the protected Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, witnessing vibrant rhododendron blooms in spring.

Day Hiking To Nagarjuna (A Day Hike to Nagarjuna A Comprehensive Experience)

A Day Hike to Nagarjuna

Nagarjuna, also known as Jamacho, is a beautiful hill in Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal. This area is ideal for individuals who want to immerse themselves in nature while also enjoying the region’s cultural diversity. The peaceful atmosphere, complete with lush forests and breathtaking views, provides a welcome relief from Kathmandu’s urban rush. Nagarjuna is known for its biodiversity and historical value, and it promises an exciting walk that mixes physical exertion with spiritual and cultural inquiry.

Our a-day hike tour to Nagarjuna is precisely planned to deliver a wonderful experience for both nature fans and cultural travelers. Starting at the bustling Balaju Bypass, the hike winds through lush woodlands, providing stunning vistas and interactions with local wildlife. Along the route, you will visit the famous Jamacho Gompa and interact with local populations, learning about their traditional way of life. The journey’s pinnacle is arriving at the Nagarjuna Viewpoint, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas, making this trip an adventure rich in beauty, history, and cultural depth.

Trekking starting point

Balaju Bypass

A hike to Nagarjuna begins in Balaju Bypass, about a 20-minute drive from Touch The Himalaya Treks and Expedition office. Balaju Bypass is famous for its bustling local markets and the Balaju Water Garden, which includes a series of stone spouts, traditional sculptures, and lush gardens.

Alternative Starting Points

Raniban:

This beginning location, near the Balaju Industrial Area, provides an extra experience of strolling through the historic Raniban, which is known for its huge forested area and peaceful, meditative environment.

Fulbari Gate:

This gate provides another entry point into the Nagarjun Forest, as well as a lovely road across it and a beautiful view of Kathmandu Valley. It is less congested and provides a relaxing start to the walk.

The Hiking Route

A Day Hiking to Nagarjuna

Balaju Bypass to Raniban

The experience begins at Balaju Bypass, a lively neighborhood noted for its bustling local markets and the famed Balaju Water Garden. From here, the walk begins with a moderate ascent through pastoral surroundings and scant forest. This first section is a nice warm-up, allowing hikers to acclimate and appreciate the changing scenery as they reach the famous Raniban (Queen’s Forest). This location, known for its serenity and large trees, makes an ideal backdrop for the first portion of the trip.

Raniban to Jamacho Gompa: Into the Heart of the Forest

Leaving Raniban’s beauty behind, the trail becomes steeper and more rough as it progresses deeper into the dense forest. This section of the route is especially beautiful, with a canopy of pine, rhododendron, and oak trees giving shade and a cool, refreshing environment. As you climb, the woodland comes alive with the sounds of chirping birds and rustling leaves. This region is rich in biodiversity, with frequent sightings of monkeys, deer, and many bird species. The difficult climb to Jamacho Gompa is rewarded with the discovery of a calm Buddhist stupa, which serves as both a quiet resting point and a cultural highlight of the walk.

Jamacho Gompa to Nagarjuna Viewpoint: The Final Push

Following a refreshing break at Jamacho Gompa, the trail continues its steep hiking to the Nagarjuna Viewpoint. This section of the hike is the most difficult, but also the most thrilling. As the path rises, the dense woodland eventually gives way to more open ground, providing increasingly wide views of the surrounding scenery. When trekkers reach the top, at around 2,128 meters (6,982 feet), they are rewarded with a stunning 360-degree view of the Himalayas, featuring majestic peaks such as Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and, on clear days, parts of the Annapurna range. The perspective, with its little watchtower, offers an exceptional vantage point to take in the scenery and reflect on the journey.

Back Through the Forest

The walk down from the Nagarjuna Viewpoint provides a unique perspective on the trail as hikers retrace their travels through the jungle. This section of the trip allows for a slower pace, with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and appreciate the various vegetation. A stop in a small hamlet along the way adds a cultural layer to the journey, allowing you to engage with the locals and learn about their traditional lifestyles. The adventure culminates when you arrive at Balaju Bypass, capping up a satisfying and enriching day in nature.

Cultural reflections

Historical Significance

Nagarjuna Hill is named after the famed Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna, who is thought to have meditated in its caves. The area and its surroundings are rich in Buddhist history, with several old caves and meditation locations attributed to Nagarjuna.

Jamacho Gompa

Jamacho Gompa is a culturally significant stop along the trail. It’s a small but significant stupa encircled by prayer flags, providing insight into local religious traditions. The stupa draws both locals and visitors, particularly during religious holidays.

Local Communities

The trip allows you to view and interact with the locals living on the outskirts of Kathmandu. These groups primarily practice a blend of Hinduism and Buddhism, and their everyday lives reflect a diverse tapestry of cultural practices. Small settlements along the trail provide an opportunity to experience traditional Nepali culture and hospitality.

Biodiversity

Day Hiking to Nagarjuna

Flora

Nagarjun woodland is a biodiversity hotspot, with a diverse range of plant species. Pine, oak, and rhododendron trees dominate the forest, which is also home to diverse plants, ferns, and wildflowers. Rhododendron blooms adorn the woodland in vivid red and pink colors during the spring, producing an attractive display.

Fauna

The wildlife of Nagarjuna is equally diversified. The forest is home to a diverse range of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Notable wildlife includes the following:

  • Mammals: Common sightings include deer, monkeys (such as the Rhesus Macaque and Hanuman Langur), and the elusive leopard.
  • Birds: Birdwatchers will be happy to see a variety of species, including the Spiny Babbler (Nepal’s national bird), Himalayan Monal, many woodpecker species, and eagles.
  • Reptiles: The forest is also home to various reptile species, such as lizards and snakes, which add to the area’s ecological richness.

Conservation Efforts

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, which includes Nagarjun Hill, is a protected area dedicated to preserving the region’s abundant biodiversity. Park authorities work tirelessly to safeguard the flora and fauna from dangers such as deforestation, poaching, and habitat damage. Visitors are asked to follow the ‘Leave No Trace’ concept to reduce their impact on this beautiful ecosystem.

What to Bring?

  • Hiking Gear: Comfortable hiking shoes with good grip, lightweight and breathable clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Backpack Essentials: A small backpack with water bottles, snacks, and a packed lunch. A camera or smartphone for capturing stunning views.
  • Weather Preparedness: A light jacket or raincoat, depending on the season.
  • Health and Safety: A basic first aid kit and personal medications.

Permits and Regulations

  • Entry Permits: Entry to Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park requires a permit, which can be obtained at the park entrance. Make sure to carry valid identification and the necessary fees.
  • Park Regulations: Follow park regulations, including no littering, no disturbing wildlife, and sticking to designated trails. Respect the local customs and traditions.

Best Time to Visit

The optimum period for a day hike in Nagarjuna is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these periods, the weather is usually clear and the temperature is suitable for trekking. The woodland is also at its most bright in the spring, with rhododendron blossoms adding to the natural splendor.

Conclusion

A day hike to Nagarjuna offers an enriching combination of environment, culture, and adventure. This walk provides not just a physical challenge, but also a spiritual and educational excursion through one of Nepal’s most peaceful and biodiverse areas. From the historical significance of Jamacho Gompa to the panoramic views at the peak, each step along this trail gets you closer to understanding Nepal’s natural and cultural riches. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a cultural aficionado, this journey will provide an amazing experience.

This complete package ensures that hikers are well-prepared and aware of what to expect, making their trip to Nagarjuna both pleasurable and enlightening. Prepare for an adventure that will leave you with long-lasting memories and a greater respect for Nepal’s spectacular landscapes and cultural heritage.

HOW TO FIND YOUR GUIDE

Our guide will be at the meeting point detailed in the section “Transport and Meeting Point”

In case of difficulties call: +977 9841619019

Why to Choose Touch The Himalaya Treks and Expedition for a day hiking to Nagarjuna?

At Touch the Himalaya Treks and Expeditions:

  • We offer convenient and pocket-friendly transportation for an optimized experience.
  • We offer exceptional customer service, ensuring a top-notch experience for every guest.
  • We provide customized itinerary choices based on your requirements and preferences.
  • Group participation is an available option for your convenience.
  • Our prices are set competitively to ensure affordability for our customers.
  • We also provide guided, partially guided, and unguided tours based on your preference.

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Itinerary

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07:
AM

Meeting at Meeting Point and Drive to Hiking starting Point (Balaju Bypass)

Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft. Meals: Lunch in Local Restaurent
7:30
AM
Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft.
8:00
AM
Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft.
11:15
AM
Max. Altitude: 2,128 meters (6,982 feet)
1:00
PM
Max. Altitude: 2,128 meters (6,982 feet)
3:30
PM
Max. Altitude: 2,128 meters (6,982 feet)
5:00
PM
Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft.

It's essential to stay hydrated during the hike, so carry plenty of water with you. Also, pack some snacks and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Always be respectful to the local culture and environment.

The provided itinerary serves as a guide for your day hike to Nagarjuna. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, unforeseen circumstances such as weather changes or trail conditions may necessitate alterations. Participants are advised to follow the guide's instructions and exercise caution during the trek.

Route Map

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What's Included / Excluded

Cost Incluldes

  • Transportation from Touch The Himalaya Office in Thamel to the trek’s starting point at Balaju Bypass and back.
  • Professional guide services throughout the trek.
  • Necessary permits for entry to Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.
  • Packed lunch and refreshments during the trek.
  • Cultural interaction at a local village.
  • Basic first aid kit and emergency support, if needed.

 

Cost Excludes

  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs and additional snacks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for the guide and support staff (optional but appreciated).
  • Any additional activities or services not mentioned in the itinerary.

Fixed Departure

September-23
October-23
November-23
December-23

Booking procedure of this Tour: 

  • Research and decide your tour with us first.
  • Contact us through our website, email, or phone to insure about availability and any specific questions.
  • Confirm Availability and Dates (If we have group, you can join or you can schedule your own date for your tour)
  • Provide Necessary Information (name, nationality, passport number etc)
  • Confirm Booking Payment (10 % upon booking conformation and remaining bill before 24 hours of of your tour starts)
  • Final reconfirmation, payment and be prepared for the tour. 

Cancellation procedure this Tour: 

  • Read the Cancellation Policy provided in our website.
  • Inform us the reason and decision to cancel the tour by mail.
  • Send request for your cancelation at least 15 days  before to get 100% refund (refund amount may be different due to the changed of exchange rates)
  • 10 % of your deposit won’t be refund if you cancel less then 15 days before your trip starts.
  • Due to the difficult Law of Center bank of Nepal to wire or transfer money internationally, refund process may take time or you can get cash as refund if you are in Nepal.
  • if we will be compelled to Cancel your trip from our side, due to various reasons such as bad weather conditions, natural disasters, technical errors, etc., you are eligible to have a full refund.

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